Product Development Specialist – Coatings, Americas

Summary of Position

This full-time position will provide developmental, technical support to our customer base by:

  • Designing, planning and executing project elements in the laboratory and plant, as well as in customers’ plants and laboratories, if needed, to meet customer requirements and expectations.
  • Being responsible for the completion of bench work and processing work necessary to convert opportunities or to resolve issues through formulation.
  • Directly interfacing with vendors and/or customers to define and convert opportunities and resolve issues, as assigned by the Technology Manager, Coatings Americas.
  • Providing effective and timely communication at every stage of a project.  This will include (but will not be limited to) progress reports, updates, and project milestones reached or missed.


  • BS/BA in an appropriate field of science (Chemist or Chem. Eng. preferred).
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to work with and support colleagues, analyze and solve problems, control resources and implement programs, and possess project management skills.
  • Knowledge of critical chemical functionalities for waterborne/solvent born architectural and industrial urethanes, epoxies, acrylics polyester chemistries with respect to coatings industries.
  • Nominal understanding of color science with experience in the area of dispersion, wetting, and additive activity.
  • Willingness and ability to continuously increase and maintain skills and knowledge in significant work areas.
  • Ability and willingness to work on multiple projects in an organized and structured manner.
  • Good oral communication skills – capable of providing presentations.
  • Good writing skills; able to write clear and concise reports.
  • Good understanding of Chromaflo Technologies’ products and customer processes.
  • Knowledge of process theory –– both Chromaflo Technologies’ and customer processes.
  • Ability and willingness to travel –– occasionally, on short notice.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Complies with safety rules and regulations, attends safety meetings and training, inspects work area for hazards/deficiencies and initiates action to correct them.  Also, reports injury/illness and/or environmental incidents.
  • Assure safe handling of products and electrical/mechanical devices in the field.
  • Travel –– provide on-site customer support as deemed necessary by the Technology Manager, Americas.
  • Application of problem solving techniques in response to customer concerns and opportunities.
  • Complete bench work required and defined by experimental design.
  • Active support of, and participation in, all appropriate BMS and H, S & E aspects.
  • Strong customer focus and attention to detail.
  • Participate in the planning process, including fiscal year tactical plan, budgetary expenses, project objectives, timeliness, and guidelines for the development of technologies to address market specific needs.
  • Establish safe chemical practices and procedures as it relates to the additives systems employed.
  • Communicate technology in terms of features and benefits as they support project objectives.  Prepare exhibits, specimens and presentation that illustrate key characteristics.
  • Issue periodic reports on progress and activities of assigned programs. Also, requisition supplies for the timely and efficient operation of projects.
  • Determine specification requirements for materials used in or result from research development.

Measure of Performance and Accountability

  • Attendance at area safety meetings and safety training and completion of H,S, & E Area Checklist (as assigned)
  • Prevention of personal injury/illness
  • Completion of projects with accurate and timely reporting of project status.
  • Provide inter-departmental analysis of data.
  • Personal standards of performance
  • Maintaining a clean and organized work environment.

Major Interfaces

Coatings Sales Director, Coatings Technical Director, Coatings Technical Service Manager, Coatings Product Managers, Analytical Chemist, Quality Assurance Specialists, Customer

Actions Requiring Approval:

  • Project assignment and prioritization
  • Significant alteration of target projects
  • Travel plans
  • Customer contact
  • Purchases

Actions Not Requiring Approval:

  • Lab Work initiation

Position Reports to:

Team Lead, Coatings Americas

Positions Reporting to Incumbent:


To apply, please email with your resume and/or a general application. Be sure to attach your resume and list the position title in your subject line. You may also fill out a general application and bring it to a Chromaflo facility.